Jim Jordan launches probe into Fulton County’s 2020 election case against Trump

Jordan asked Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to turn over all documents related to the case.

Published: August 24, 2023 10:52am

Updated: August 24, 2023 11:43am

House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan launched a probe Thursday into Fulton County’s probe that resulted in charges against former President Donald Trump and 18 co-defendants for allegedly trying to overturn the 2020 election results.

Jordan, an Ohio Republican, asked Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, a Democrat, to turn over all documents related to the case.

The letter comes hours before Trump is expected to surrender to the Fulton County jail.

"Was Fulton County DA Fani Willis working with Jack Smith?  Was she communicating with the Executive Branch? Were any federal funds used in the investigation of President Trump?" Jordan posted on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, when he announced his probe.

The state charges brought against Trump in Georgia are separate from the federal indictment brought against the former president in special counsel Jack Smith's two probes involving Trump's alleged mishandling of classified documents and his alleged attempt to overturn the 2020 election. Trump has pleaded not guilty to all federal criminal charges.

Because the Fulton County case involves the prosecution of federal officials at a state level, Jordan said that the "indictment appears to be an attempt to use state criminal law to regulate the conduct of federal officers acting in their official capacities."

He also expressed concerns about possible coordination between Willis' and Smith's offices because both are bringing charges related to the 2020 election. 

"Given the weighty federal interests at stake, the Committee is conducting oversight of this matter to determine whether any legislative reforms are appropriate or necessary," Jordan also said.

He asked for Willis to provide a wide array of evidence dating from Jan. 1, 2021, to the present date, including all documents and communications between the Fulton County District Attorney's Office and any executive branch officials.

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